No Charge! Free Things to do in Lisbon.

There are plenty of free things to do in Lisbon. Visitors can explore some of the city’s best churches, museums and gardens while not parting with a cent – ideal for those wishing to save money or travelling on a budget. A fantastic bargain is the free classical music concerts staged at Palácio Foz, where you can listen to wonderful recitals in opulent surroundings. There’s no charge to enter the Museu do Aljube-Resistência e Liberdade, which is ironic considering this museum is all about the price some have paid fighting for freedom. Another free-to-enter attraction is the underground archaeological site, the Núcleo Arquelógico, set under the streets of Lisbon’s Baixa district. Similarly, the remarkable D. Dinis Wall is reached by delving underground, and is also a complimentary experience. If you feel like chilling out nip over to the verdant Jardim da Estrela, a beautiful little park where you can stroll or picnic in landscaped grounds. However, if it’s really hot take the train and head over to Praia do Carcavelos, a large sandy beach on the Lisbon Coast just 20 minutes out of the city centre. Lisbon is punctuated with miradouros, purpose-built viewpoints that afford fabulous panoramas across the city that cost nothing visit. A rewarding way to spend a morning is at the Feira da Ladra, the "Thieves' Market" where it's possible to bag a bargain as you meander freely through the city's largest flea market. On the western edge of the capital is the interesting Cemitério dos Prazeres, a large cemetery noted for its monumental tombs and baroque mausoleums. Free guided tours are conducted on a daily basis. And there's no charge to explore the exuberant interior of one of the city's most visited churches, Igreja de São Roque, located in Chiado. Prepare to be wowed! 


Bairro Alto/Principe Real

The non-descript facade of this church belies a dazzling interior. Founded towards the end of the 16th century by the Jesuit Order, the riot of carved, gilded and painted woodwork is extraordinary, as is the marble sculpture and Florentine...  Read More

The Prazeres Cemetery is the largest cemetery in Lisbon, and one of the most notable in Portugal. Located in the west of the city on the fringes of the leafy Campo de Ourique neighbourhood, Prazeres, which – somewhat incongruously –...  Read More

Animated and noisy, Feira da Ladra is the city's largest and liveliest flea market. It's name translates to English as the "Thieves' Market", a nod to the long-running joke that if you're robbed in Lisbon one day chances are you'll find your...  Read More

Lisbon's hilly disposition affords some fabulous panoramas across the city's downtown and historic districts. Indeed, the Portuguese capital unveils itself over several hills and all of them have at least one miradouro, a purpose-built terrace...  Read More

Outside the City

One of Portugal's finest beaches, Praia de Carcavelos is set conveniently near Lisbon, which makes it a fantastic summertime destination when the city gets too hot and stuffy. But even in winter, this golden stretch of sand, just a 20-minute...  Read More


Lush and verdant, the Estrela Garden remains one of the prettiest of Lisbon's public green spaces. Attractive at any time of year, this diminutive landscaped park is at its most colourful and vibrant during spring and summer. Adding to its...  Read More

Underneath the streets of Lisbon is one of the city's more unusual sightseeing attractions, the D. Dinis Wall. Stretching for nearly 30m, the wall dates from the 13th century and is named after King Dinis, one of Portugal's most charismatic...  Read More

Incorporated within the premises of a bank in Lisbon's Baixa (downtown) district is a museum the modest dimensions of which belie one of the city's great cultural attractions. Set beneath the floor is an amazing archaeological site layered with...  Read More

The Aljube Museum of Resistance and Freedom stands as a grim reminder of when Portugal was governed by a brutal dictatorship. Housed within the former Aljube political prison, the museum is as much a memorial to the victims of imprisonment and...  Read More

The landmark 18th-century Palácio Foz provides a suitably historic backdrop for a program of free live music recitals held regularly in this noble building. The concerts, which are performed two or three times a month, feature a range of...  Read More


Meet Paul Bernhardt

Paul Bernhardt cut his teeth as a press photographer in England before leaving the UK to settle in Portugal, where he has lived for over a decade, and where he started to focus on more...  More About Paul